All Day at Epcot ~ Festival of the Arts, Spice Road Table

We love Epcot. We took the family there earlier this year and spent one day there. Since we were here in Florida for a cruise, we decided to spend a day and do a more slow explore.

We have a friend that is actually a Cast Member here in Epcot and since it was his day off we had arranged to meet up with him partway through the day.

Epcot love festivals, and we were visiting during the Festival of Arts.





This turned out to be a really fun time to visit Epcot.

First thing we did, after we drove in....





....was ride Frozen.


Yes, I know this is a kid ride, but we love all Disney and wanted to experience it.







The line was not that long and we liked the ride. It does have a fun twist in it.



And now of course, we had Let It Go stuck in our brains for the day.



Next up, we headed to Soarin'. When we had visited earlier, this attraction was being renovated. It had been updated to include all of the world and not just Soarin' over California.



The change was good, and we really loved this ride.


At this point in the day, we met up with our friend, J.

He had some Fastpasses for Test Track so we rode that next.






We than walked around a bit, and saw lots of art. Throughout Epcot, many artists had set up booths. We really liked this one:






There were also street artists scattered around, doing art right in front of you. Here someone was copying a piece using chalk art.







This artist had taken a break from their work for a bit:






At the different places where the characters would meet you, if they weren't there, there was a painting like this one. This was in Norway, where Snow White was usually hanging out:






There were also different famous works of art that you could pose inside of:


Mona Lisa






Edvard Munch's The Scream




Leutze's Crossing of the Delaware






And Renior's painting



We really had a lot of fun posing in them. Disney Cast Members are there to take photos for you with their camera, or they'll happily use yours.



There was also lots of music in different areas. Here were the Taiko drums in Japan.





There was also lots of music at the main stage too. When we were walking by, there was a group that was doing excerpts of popular songs, singing them in Acapella. They did a really great job.






And if you want to have an interactive part in the arts definitely stop and do the color by number. We were each given a small container of paint, a brush, and a number.




We went to the wall and painted five squares each.







When we left, a Cast Member handed us a postcard of what the finished wall would look like. Each day they start all over again, with a different design.







On the advice of J, we got to the America Pavilion in time to see the Voices of America. This amazing Acapella group sings in the rotunda in the America building.





Here, they sounded AMAZING. It was a treat to be here, listening to them sing beautiful patriotic songs.






We walked a bit more and decided to stop in France for lunch. The counter service in the back looks so yummy!






Desserts are incredible.






My Sweetie and I decided to split a Croque Monsieur. This is a toasted ham and cheese sandwich, but ours was incredibly dry and not very good at all.



Our friend J got a Dinde BLT that he said was good, so we just chose the wrong thing.




For dessert we got a Duo au Chocolat. This is white and dark chocolate mousse cake.



This seriously made up for the sandwich we had.


After lunch we headed to nearby Canada and saw O, Canada! Which was a Circle Vision attraction. Martin Short did a good job of making it fun and entertaining.


At this point we said goodbye to our friend, it was great to meet up with him and have him show us parts of Epcot and tell us about his adventures as a Cast Member.

We had Fastpasses at Mission: SPACE so we headed that way.



My Sweetie, in a moment of bravery, decided to do the Orange Line with me. In case you don't know, this means that not only do you experience the ride in motion, but you get the full 3G's+ effect. (as in, spinning in a centrifuge.)

Yours truly loved it, as I always do, but after we got off we took a bit of time to sit, and give My Sweetie some time to recover from the ride.

We decided that a nice quiet ride was going to be next. We had missed this one the last time we were here so went on Living With the Land. This was a really neat ride, lots of it through a working greenhouse.

These were dragon fruit bushes.





This was the fish farm area and here was a mess of tilapia.





An obvious hidden Mickey.


They had some great looking plants and produce and a whole area devoted to hydroponics.

We came out right near the giant ball so we went on Spaceship Earth. This ride goes through history and shows how man has adapted. You go all the way to the top of the ball, where you feel like you are flying through the night. On the way back down, the seat in front of you turns into an interactive display, and you can choose how you would live in the future.

Here we are:






We also got our Happily Ever After buttons.





We headed back to World Showcase. On the way we stopped in at Club Cool in Future World. Here you can taste Coca-Cola from different parts of the world.



I really liked the Fanta Melon Frosty from Thailand, and the Fanta Pineapple from Greece. But the one that we both actually, surprisingly liked was Beverly from Italy. It is a bitter non-alcoholic aperitif. I tend to like things that are more bitter and it had a unique flavor to it.


One of the neat things they did during the Festival of the Arts was have artsy food at different kiosks. In Mexico, we got this: Huarache. It was very, very good.






The sun was starting to go down at this point and the lake was so beautiful.


We stopped in at shops as we slowly meandered around the world. On vacation we are not shoppers, but it was so darned cold out there that we would go in them just to thaw out.

We hung out for a bit in Japan and at the store there, Mitsukoshi. We found a friendly Cast Member who was here for 10 months in the international program and she practiced her English on us. We talked about food - my Japanese mother in law has taught me how to cook many Japanese dishes - and she said we really got her mouth to water when we talked about the different katsus.

Our friend J had recommended that we go to the Broadway show in the American Pavilion, so we braved the cold and went out there.


It was really well done! There were two Broadway singers that sang different Disney songs. Their voices were really good and we enjoyed the concert.



It was about time for our dinner reservation - tonight we were eating at Spice Road Table in Morocco.

{Photo taken earlier in the day}



This was a very neat restaurant. I had the Mediterranean Vegetable Platter, which came with hummus, rice stuffed grape leaves, couscous salad, babaganoush and a couple of other things I didn't note in my journal. 




My Sweetie got the mixed grilled skewers and we shared everything, like we always do.



We had a later reservation and it was getting close to 9:00. We were just finishing up and our server came by and told us that the fireworks were going to start soon, and to move over to the empty table by the window for a good view. 

She was not kidding, they were setting them off right in front of us!





We couldn't hear the audible program parts, but being this close the fireworks was really, really neat.





Goodnight, Epcot.

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